Chenae Perkins

ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, APRIL 9 AND THEREAFTER – In this photo taken March 26, 2012, Chenae Perkins stands outside a transitional home for female veterans in Nashville, Tenn. After returning from deployment to Iraq with her National Guard unit, Perkins has struggled to find steady work. Once primarily male veteran problems, homelessness and economic struggles are escalating among female veterans, whose numbers have grown during the past decade of U.S. wars while resources for them haven’t kept up. The population of female veterans without permanent shelter has more than doubled in the last half-dozen years and may continue climbing now that the Iraq war has ended, sending women home with the same stresses as their male counterparts _ plus some gender-specific ones that make them especially susceptible to homelessness. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)